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Early Years Apprentice PLAY HUT LTD

The Play Hut Day Nursery are delighted to offer the opportunity to join our team as a Level 3 Early Years Apprentice. You will have an opportunity to complete the qualification whilst gaining experience within a nursery. Your duties will include but not be limited to, provide a safe, caring, stimulating educational environment, deliver a high standard of learning, development, and care for children ages 0-5 adhering to the EYFS Reforms, to liaise with parents, informing them about their child’s nursery day and encouraging their involvement etc.,

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Closing date: 03 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £7,503.60 to £14,820.00

    The starting salary will be the national minimum wage for apprentices. This will be reviewed and increased depending on the candidate’s ability.

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates
  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 8.30am to 3pm Term Time Only Basis

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    27 Feb 2023

  • Date posted

    19 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Duties include:

  • To complete all academic aspects of the apprenticeship.
  • To provide a safe, caring, stimulating educational environment.
  • To deliver a high standard of learning, development and care for children ages 0-5 adhering to the EYFS Reforms.
  • To liaise with parents, informing them about their child’s nursery day and encouraging their involvement.
  • To understand and adhere to nursery policies and procedures.
  • To ensure the physical wellbeing o all children by meeting individual care needs, e.g. nappy changing, toilet training, etc.
  • To assist with simple preparation of snacks and meals as required.
  • To ensure high standards of cleanliness, hygiene, safety of toys and equipment in use.
  • To maintain confidentiality at all times.

Desired Skills:

  • Effective verbal and communication skills with adults and children.
  • Ability to write learning stories and keep clear, accurate records.
  • Effective organisation skills.
  • Ability to be proactive and use your initiative.

Personal Qualities:

  • Calm, caring and compassionate nature.
  • Punctual, reliable, enthusiastic, honest and trustworthy.
  • Friendly and approachable.
  • Empathy and understanding of children under 5.
  • To work as part of a team.
  • Commitment and knowledge to treat all children as individuals.
  • To understand the socio-economic issues affecting our families.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Early Years Educator Level 3

Apprentices must successfully complete a Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification. Please refer to the DfE list of approved EYE qualifications:

Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking their end point assessment.  For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirements are Entry Level 3, and the British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for apprentices for whom this is their primary language.

Apprentices must successfully complete a first aid qualification in line with the requirements of the EYFS Framework (Annex A): Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework - GOV.UK (

Location: Darlington

Working 5 days per week, term time only basis, including one day release for study at Darlington College.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

An opportunity to develop within the company and have a rewarding career. An opportunity to progress in a career in Education.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade A*-C/9-4) Essential

Things to consider

Can you reliably travel to the work location; The Play Hut, 347 North Road, Darlington, DL1 3BL? You will work a minimum of 30 hours per week, your shifts may change week to week. You will spend one day per week in college.

About the employer

The Play Hut is situated in the Harrowgate Hill Ward of Darlington, we have cosy, nurturing Daisy Room for small babies up to two year olds, our Bluebells Room and Snowdrops Room for playful and inquisitive two to three year olds and our Sunflowers Room bursting with endless possibilities for excitement, adventure and learning! We also have three outdoor areas that we like to utilise in all weathers; planting, exploring and getting muddy! Our nursery ethos is placing each individual child at the centre of everything we do, keeping our parents as close partners to their child’s nursery life while maintaining an enriched environment with high quality teaching to support independence, development and love in our children.







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Training provider



Nagina Patrai

Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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